Happy Friday, friends! I am so thrilled to catch up with some blogging this week and start to get into the fall-colored weddings! The air is crisp, and all we’re thinking about is apple crisp and wine colors, right?! Well I’m so excited to post this wedding. It was at our wedding venue, Red Maple Vineyard, and it was Derek and I’s first time back there since we were married last year! And what a perfect couple to capture there, Lauren and Gary!
Lauren and Gary are just sweethearts. You can tell they’re both so kindhearted and generous people, and they have such a love for one another! I love their story. They live near Scranton, PA with Gary’s daughter, Cameron – and Lauren has the sweetest relationship with her ever. I just love how they have become a family. I met Lauren and Gary for their engagement session this winter, and it seems like yesterday we were talking about their wedding at Red Maple Vineyard!
Lauren and Gary chose to get married at a church in Danbury, Connecticut, near where Lauren’s family lives. So I arrived in Danbury to Lauren’s mom’s house, and just loved seeing her gorgeous, chic dress and fall details! We took cute photographs with all the girls in their robes, and before long Lauren’s sister and mom helped her get dressed and she was just gorgeous! Lauren gave a sweet note to Cameron, and I have to say even I was tearing up! Then Lauren read a note from Gary and all the girls were tearing up! It was a morning of sweet moments, for sure Then all the girls were ready to head to the church!
Gary waited for his bride at the altar of St. Peter’s Church, and he had the sweetest look on his face when he saw his gorgeous bride! These two had a beautiful traditional ceremony, but included handwritten vows – loved that touch! And then, Lauren and Gary were pronounced husband and wife! They had a fun exit out of the church, we did photographs with their family, and then everyone headed upstate to Red Maple Vineyard!
When the bridal party arrived on their bus, I could tell they were having fun! We took photographs across the street at a gorgeous tree and tree swing (you may remember this swing from Derek and I’s wedding!) and then Lauren and Gary took photographs in the vineyards. I of course was eye-ing the light and realized the sun was setting faster than I thought – so Red Maple brought us a golf cart so we could drive up to the top of Deer Hill! And we caught the sun for Lauren and Gary at just the perfect moment! Their sweet joy and happiness definitely came out in their portraits, which I loved!
Then they joined their guests for cocktail hour outside and it started getting dark, setting the perfect mood for their reception! Their reception tent was lit with bistro lights, and romantically decorated with lots of candles on all the tables – I loved the simplicity and beauty of it all! Lauren and Gary had their first dance, and then started dancing with all their guests!! They had some sweet speeches from their grandfather, Lauren’s dad, sister, Gary’s friend, and daughter Cameron. So funny, and so touching. The perfect tribute to this couple!
Lauren and Gary cut their cake, and of course we took some beautiful night photographs outside! I had such a great day celebrating these two and wish them every joy in their marriage and life together. I hope you love their story as much as I do!
Ahh!! That dress, so stunning!
Loving these fall colors!
Doesn’t Lauren have the most beautiful smile?!
Aww, the girls!
Ahh, these teary moments!!
Love that one on the right!! Bridesmaid reveal!
Lauren you are just stunning!!
Love these of Gary!!
The way he looks at her!
Such a beautiful exit!
Gorgeous!! Now onto their venue Red Maple – and look at that bridal party!
LOVE this spot with the tree!
Such a great one!
Lovely ladies! Don’t you love these colors?!
Great shot of the guys by my husband!!
You two are just stunning together!
Ahh, LOVE these! That one on the right!
Love that one on the left!!
Ahh, time to chase the light!
One of my favorites!!
Isn’t this view from Deer Hill beautiful?!
FAVORITE! So amazing!
Ahh!! And this is just beautiful too! That light!
Isn’t this reception tent so beautiful?! I may be biased!
Love all the candle light!!
Such a fun night!!
Jams made by Red Maple Vineyard as favors!
Ahh, a gorgeous end to their day!
A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Lauren & Gary’s day possible:
Church: St. Peter’s Church, Danbury, CT
Venue: Red Maple Vineyard, West Park, NY
Photographer: Kerri Lynne Photography
Cinematographer: Yours Truly Media
DJ: Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Florist: Newtown Florist
Wedding Dress Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co. Salon
Invitations: Shine Invitations
Caterers/Bakery: Corner Stone Caterers
Favors: Red Maple Vineyard